April 5th, 2013
10:12 AM ET

Un-Belieb-able, or smart? Norway schools move exams for Bieber concert

Justin Bieber fans Stateside might be thinking of relocating to Norway right about now.

Earlier this week, reports spread that some schools in the country were moving local midterm exams so they wouldn't coincide with Bieber's performances in Oslo on April 16 and 17.

As CNN's Erin Burnett reports, "even though the exams count toward a significant part of the student's final grade, the schools figured most of the kids would just skip them and go ahead and fail because they wanted to see Justin."

Rather than risk the potential mass flunking, five schools moved the exams up a week. It might seem extreme to schedule schoolwork around a pop star's appearances, but Norway is also the same place where Bieber fever nearly caused a state of emergency in May 2012.

“We've all been fourteen years [old] and know that interests can be intense,"  Norway's Minister of Education and Research, Mrs. Kristin Halvorsen, told CNN in a statement.

"As the Minister of Education, I am concerned that students should be concentrating when they take tests and midterms," she continued. "The local schools have the responsibility to schedule the local midterms, and if they think there is any reason to change the dates, they have authority to do so."

She adds that the ministry hasn't intervened in the school's scheduling in the past, and won't in this case, either. "I assume that the decision by the schools was taken after consultation between both principals and teachers," Halvorsen concluded.

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Meh

    Nice glove, Nancy

    April 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ShawnDH

    This kid sucks. He has become a spoiled little brat and his fans are insane. Bring on the death threats!

    April 9, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cathy

    This kid is an idiot.We who live close to his home town know that and really ARE NOT in love with him.PLEASE keep him in the states.Hopefully he will implode or just GO AWAY!

    April 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jesse

    Dear CNN please fire the bone head that keep thinking Justin Beiber the punk is a star. Just because 12 yr old girls go gaga over him doesn't mean anything, they also go gaga over finger nail polish too.

    April 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. He can watch me all the time...get lost fish

    April 8, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |


    April 8, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Reposted--thanks

    TonNamonster X)

    Well Then Don't Watch Him Anymore

    April 8, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. you insulting her again....

    ga head

    April 8, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. TonNamonster X)

    Well Then Don't Watch Him Anymore !

    April 8, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. then don't watch him...


    April 8, 2013 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. me

    sorrrrrry! I am just bored of this boy.

    April 8, 2013 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Yeti loves his hand

    He is soooooooooooooo cute

    April 8, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |

    thanks and good night 30....

    April 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. An Extra Set Ups--Will Require Embarrassment

    Present me the report/evid and i will take it from there......going out soon....

    April 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jealous of Me

    just run the wiring - if she lies announce it...simple....

    April 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Lulu

    Just little boys posting, little jealous boys
    Long Live JUSTIN

    April 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. *


    April 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Ron B

    The lad was a teen heart throb with a bit of talent.... Now as he grows up his teen fans will abandon him for the newest and next heart throb..... His 15 minutes are almost up..... There is already 10,000 new heart throbs just waiting in the wings to knock him off his perch.....

    April 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Claire

    Yeah, whatever. Justin is sooo Gay! He looks gay, acts gay, and talks gay. So he is Gay. In a few years...this guy will be old news and finally then he will come out the closet!!!

    April 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Alvarez

    I'd like to see the Biebs swim the backstroke in a pool filled with trouser chili.

    April 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  21. JEWELS

    did your memory fail?

    April 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |

    This kid isn't gay right? no

    April 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |

    Justin is gay?

    April 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. stunned


    April 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Joanna

    Margaret--wear the white fresh waters with the big diamond x on top–

    April 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jötnar

    Here in Norway, we refer to Justin Bieber as "liten fe fra skogen."

    April 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. derp

    His breath smells like p e n i s.

    April 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Marcy

    This kid is going too be more famous then he is now.

    April 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Sokman

    Un-f'n-believable. Flunk the little shlts & hold the parents responsible for neglecting their best interests by not making them go to school.

    April 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Butt Cheese

    Those can't be real tattoos. A little girly-man like that wouldn't be able to endure the pain of getting real ink. And what's with that sparkly gold weightlifting glove? Does he have a pink and white set of Hello Kitty free weights? He looks as if he's auditioning for a role in a gay prison musical.

    April 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Jimmy

    Why is he holding his hand like that, up near his face. I think that may be a gay hand signal.

    April 5, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  32. Mark

    This sounds gay

    April 5, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  33. palintwit

    Historians now agree that the south lost the civil war because generations of inbreeding resulted in an abnormally high number of mentally challenged soldiers in the confederate army. Also, physical deformaties such as webbed feet prevented the confederates from running from the northern army, thus insuring their capture and defeat. One has only to take a casual drive south of the Mason-Dixon line to see the descendants of the confederate forces, easily recognizable by their lack of teeth and sloping foreheads.

    April 5, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I agree. They are all gay.

      April 5, 2013 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Douglas in Boston

      We went on vacation down south a few years back. It was hippopotamus country. They have big hippopotamus farms down there where they raise em like cattle. It was nice.

      April 5, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob from Saskatoon

      The Mrs. and I took a little jaunt in our RV down through the American South once a few years back. Nice folks and all. We did see some of those hippopotamus farms and the wife and kids got to ride a rhinocerasaurus. That was fun. I got a really bad sunburn after a long day at the beach in Boca Raton. My wife STILL has sand in her hoo-haw.

      April 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      That sounds like a fun vacation Bob. I hope one day me and the misses might go down there.

      April 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |

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